Look at this abstract:
"This paper studies the links between income, sexual behavior and reported happiness. It uses recent data on a random sample of 16,000 adult Americans. The paper finds that sexual activity enters strongly positively in happiness equations. Greater income does not buy more sex, nor more sexual partners. The typical American has sexual intercourse 2-3 times a month. Married people have more sex than those who are single, divorced, widowed or separated. Sexual activity appears to have greater effects on the happiness of highly educated people than those with low levels of education. The happiness-maximizing number of sexual partners in the previous year is calculated to be 1. Highly educated females tend to have fewer sexual partners. Homosexuality has no statistically significant effect on happiness. Our conclusions are based on pooled cross-section equations in which it is not possible to correct for the endogeneity of sexual activity. The statistical results should be treated cautiously"Blanchflower, David G and Andrew J Oswald, 2004, Money, Sex, and Happines: An Empirical Study, NBER Working Paper No. 10499, or here
Let me repeat some of their findings, and my (unreliable) interpretation is in italics:
#1. money can't buy sex --nor love--
#2. sex is happier for educated persons --good reason for going to school, kids--
#3. highly educated females are more conservative --or, err, picky? why ladies, why?--:
#4. and happiness-maximizing number of sexual partner is one, yes one -- a case against polygamy, perhaps.
Moral of the story, economics can help you to deconstruct myths.
p/s: this is the slight modification of my old post; and aims to be a sequel of previous discussions on raunch and polygamy.
economics of sex | happiness